March 17th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Officials: Suspected drone strike kills up to 30 in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed up to 30 people Thursday after targeting a meeting of local elders in Pakistan's remote tribal areas, intelligence officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials said the drone fired two missiles on the jirga meeting in the area of Data Khel of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

One official said 30 died in the strike, while a second official said that 24 had died. There was no explanation for the discrepancy.

An additional 14 people were reported injured, including some civilians, the sources said.
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4 killed in Pakistan attacks targeting tankers carrying fuel for NATO
Pakistani firefighters attempt to extinguish burning NATO oil tankers on the outskirts of Peshawar on February 25, 2011.
February 25th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

4 killed in Pakistan attacks targeting tankers carrying fuel for NATO

Four people were killed in northwest Pakistan Friday when more than two dozen armed attackers blew up oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, police said.

Militants wielding automatic weapons first killed two guards at the main gate of a terminal on the outskirts of Peshawar city, where 18 tankers were parked, senior police official Imtiaz Shah said.

The attackers then planted explosive devices under a dozen tankers, he said, and killed two drivers who were sleeping in the terminal.

About 15 tankers were damaged after catching fire in the blasts, which occurred around 2 a.m. Friday, Shah said.

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December 20th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Militants attack two fuel tankers in Pakistan

NATO trucks driven by Pakistani drivers prepare to cross into Afghanistan in 2009.

Suspected militants set fire to oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces, a government official in the northwestern tribal region said Monday.

Arshad Khan, a senior government official of Khyber Agency, said militants fired rockets on a convoy of four oil tankers, carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Two trucks caught fire, injuring the driver and his assistant in a truck, Khan said.

The incident took place in the Katha Kashta of Khyber Agency, one of the seven districts that make up Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

This is the latest strike on Afghan-bound supply convoys in Pakistan. The tankers are operated by contracted Pakistani firms hired by NATO, using Pakistani equipment and drivers.

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